I ordered this thinking it was the graphic novel and was quite annoyed when I realised it was "The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Company". Fine is that's what you are after, but it should state this clearer in the item description. It doesn't feature any of the gorgeous illustrations from the graphic novel which is what I was after, so I sent mine back!
For anyone that has seen the film of the same name may wonder why this sophisticated picture book, the features stills from the very film, is worth publishing, but this book does bring its fantasy to an audience that may not be acquainted with the film. The story is told from the first-person perspective of a girl who is fed up with her life involved in the circus. She gets the opportunity to experience 'real-life' because of the unfortunate illness of her mother, which results her in getting involved in a fantasy world inspired by her drawings. With a premise that echoes Alice in Wonderland, the originality it lacks is made up for in its composition with graphic illustrations and intriguing text layout. Whilst it is far too sophisticated for young children to enjoy, this book is probably worth picking up for those that loved the film, as well as fans of all things Neil Gaiman.
Amazon - shame on you! This item is listed twice, once under the correct title of "film screenplay", but you can't order it, and secondly here without any description whatsoever. Most disappointed that this is not the actual book.
if you don't want to know the story of Mirrormask before you see the film, don't buy this book. if however you do want a)to experience a tittilating insight into the creative proccesses that went into developing it b)to see the story in the fractured dimension of itself that it was, is and never will be c)to appreciate concept work that is far more than your average storyboard d)to read and see a good tale irrelevant to the fact that it is also a film e)all of the above, then you might as well, it is a very pleasing weight. if you have seen the film or never heard of it then the above is as relevant as you think it is. This is just one of several books being brought out around the film Mirrormask, think of them as extras on the second DVD that, because neither creator has ever been afraid of working in different mediums have been brought out in book form, before the theatre release of the film. And a book is a far nicer thing to own than a disk that you won't get round to watching for ages and will probably get scratched anyway.